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The Kernel – Vic Secret & Mosaic Pale Ale – 5.3%

From The Kernel Brewery in London comes Vic Secret & Mosaic Pale Ale at 5.3%.  De-capping releases rich aromas of tangerine and orange mingled in with a hint of spice and lemon citrus. Surprisingly,  quite wonderfully aromatic and floral. The appearance is deep amber and slightly clouded. The body of this beer is juicy and full for the low ABV with a great mouthfeel. A fruity bittering hop presence comes through towards the end and lingers to finish off the beer well. The beer has an average to high carbonation for the style. A very refreshing American Pale Ale style and yet another top beer from The Kernel. Recommended!

The Kernel Brewery Vic Secret Mosaic Pale Ale

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Hawkshead Brewery – NZPA – 6.0%

From the Hawkshead Brewery in the Lake District comes NZPA at 6.0%. You may have guessed from the name, that it is a New Zealand Pale Ale. Occasionally, I am utterly surprised and literally bowled over by the flavours, aromas  and characteristics of a new beer. This is one such beer. The aroma is utterly flabbergasting. Imagine what a gooey gloopy melted mess of boiled sweets would smell like. Now imagine that multiplied by 10! That should give you some idea as to what this excellent beer smells like….. The pour is deep orange with a thin white skin on top, moderate to high carbonation in the body of the beer with a taste of boiled sweets, melon, orange, tangerine and citrus, but not a super intense fruit bomb. Bitterness slowly builds and supports the wonderful New Zealand hoppy presence, the beer itself has a slight hint of maltiness that supports the mingle of sugary fruity flavours and aromas. What a superb ale! such a interesting contrast to the U.S hops that we all love and adore.

Hawkshead Brewery NZPA

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North Brewing Co – Sputnik Pale Ale – 5.0%

From the North Brewing Co in Leeds, comes Sputnik Pale Ale at 5.0%. Fresh hop aromas dominate your senses upon decanning, with aromas of mandarin and citrus fruits bursting through. Definitely an IPA style Pale Ale. There’s a Good initial foam generation on the pour with a thin white skim remaining. Carbonation is about right for the style. The pour is mega hazy, which is something a little daring for a british brew! excellent! the taste is smooth and slightly sweet with a thickish body and a monster bitterness! this is like huge bitterness, even when compared to a super hoppy IPA leading the bitterness to almost a smoky taste on the tongue. A very decent pale ale, which is borderline fruit juice beer. I quite like it, but the bitterness may put others off.

North Brewing Co Sputnik Pale Ale

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Bad Co – Comfortably Numb – 3.8%

From Bad Co comes a golden pale ale named Comfortably Numb at 3.8%. Decapping gives a glorious aroma of mango and citrus, surprising for a golden ale. certainly heavily dry hopped. The appearance is a deep golden colour with decent carbonation. The taste is mango and citrus with a good level of bittering comparable to a strong IPA. for such a low abv beer I find this really impressive! Bad Co have put a great deal of effort into making a sessionable low strength, yet high flavoured beer with excellent mouthfeel. Superb!

bad co comfortably numb pale ale

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Cloudwater – DIPA V6 Special Edition – 9.0%

From the Cloudwater Brewery comes DIPA V6 Special Edition at 9.0%. Decapping gives a monstrous rush of aroma hops, little initial carbonation on the pour generates a superb stable frothy head. Dry hopping features a great deal. The pour is clear and amber. Aroma is resinous aroma hops, bursting with intense citrus fruity goodness. The taste is full bodied, with the alcohol well hidden beneath the bitter and semi malty backbone. To be honest the malt flavour is kind of hidden hidden too. The base allows you to concentrate on the hop aroma and flavour. Bittering turns out to be pretty mild and I was hoping for something a little less dull. It is a very good DIPA, clinical precision even, just lacking that flair of character like some naughty yeast flavour or something. Sourced from the Maisondubiere beer shop in Barnsley.

Cloudwater DIPA V6

Cloudwater DIPA V6